From the Pastor...

"You've been served." Along with "You're being audited," that sentence is a strong contender for the Worst Three Words You Could Ever Hear Award.

"You've been served" is, of course, what a sheriff's officer says when delivering a subpoena to someone to give a deposition or to testify in court.

Not all subpoenas are frightening. Innocent bystanders get them, too, if what they've heard or seen is important in a court case. In that circumstance, responding to the subpoena is purely a matter of remembering accurately and speaking clearly.

Jesus issues a subpoena, of sorts, in Luke 24:48 . At the end of one of his post-resurrection appearances, he says to his disciples, "You are witnesses of these things."

Clearly, he wants them not only to remember, but also to speak. Good news is for sharing.

We haven't seen the Risen Lord in the flesh in the same way those disciples did: but, in a certain sense, Jesus' subpoena is for us as well. It's often been observed that "the Christian church is just one generation away from extinction," and Christian witness is the way the torch is passed from one generation to the next - not to mention bringing in others who have little or no background in the faith.

Join us in worship this Third Sunday of Easter. Let's be witnesses together!

Pastor Carl
We Welcome to Sunday Worship
April 15, 2018

We welcome Elise Bates-Russell, Executive Director of Camp Johnsonburg , to Lamington this Sunday. Ms. Bates-Russell will present the morning's Children's Message and a Minute for Mission. Camp Johnsonburg, jointly sponsored by all the presbyteries of New Jersey, is located less than an hour's drive from here, in Warren County. The camp provides children and youth with fun, safe and professional outdoor experiences that grow them spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. There are sleep-away camping experiences throughout the summer for kids ages 6-18 with weeklong camps for most kids, although there's also a half-week option for younger kids.

In music this Sunday, we are also pleased to welcome back for a second week, guest soloist Neal Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell, and tenor section leader John Cloys, will sing solo selections from Handel's  Messiah. Mitchell is a graduate of Westminster Choir College. He currently serves as a staff accompanist at Westminster, and gives private voice and piano lessons in the Princeton and Philadelphia areas. He is originally from Granby, Connecticut.
Annual Meeting of the Congregation
and Corporation

When:
Next Sunday, April 22
Time:
Immediately after Worship
Where:
Sanctuary

The meeting will include a number of reports on the life of our church and we will elect the slate of leadership candidates presented by the Nominating Committee. Copies of the report are available for pick-up on the table outside of the church office, or click here to view the 2017 Annual Report, and click here to view a copy of 2017 Financials & 2018 Budget.
Dear Lamington Friend,

Lamington’s 58 th Annual Basket Day is upon us! This year, we will celebrate our church’s wonderful tradition on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 . Preview Night will be held Friday, May 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. As always, there will be a delicious buffet of hors d’oeuvres, wine, refreshments, and music. Preview Night guests will also enjoy a first look at offerings from the famous treasure tent, the silent auction, vendors, and more. Our celebration will continue with fun for the whole family (including children’s activities and a barbecue lunch) on Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

By making a Patron’s contribution to Basket Day, you will play an essential role in sustaining our church and its programs. In addition, Patrons will enjoy one free admission to Preview Night with every $50 contribution. Of course, a donation in any amount you wish is welcome—no contribution is too small! Please click here to print the form and return it with your donation to Lamington Presbyterian Church, 355 Lamington Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 . You may also place contributions in the offering plate during church service (write “Basket Day Patron” in the memo section of your check).

We look forward to seeing you at Basket Day this year, and we thank you for your continued support of this wonderful tradition.

Your Basket Day Chair,

Meridith Scott
How Can You Help With Basket Day?

  • Donate to Treasure Tent: Start your spring cleaning now and deliver your "treasures" to the LPC basement (all the way to the back please). Alternatively, the Treasure Tent will be up for your donation deliveries on May 1. We accept everything but books, clothes and stuffed animals. We do accept designer jackets, coats, handbags and jewelry. Questions? Contact Julie Goetz at (908) 313-8336, Ann Silk at (908) 812-5933 or Dana Miller at (917) 304-5061 .

  • Donate to Silent Auction: The Silent Auction is open for donations of fine jewelry, china, vacation homes, tickets to events like Broadway shows and more! Please contact Carol Cummins at (908) 625-4568 to let her know what you intend to contribute and for any questions.

  • Donate to Presbyterian Palate: Co-Chairs Eleanor Halsey (908) 342-4206 and Susan Scott (908) 442-3200 are now accepting commitments for Presbyterian Palate dishes that help to make Basket Day such a success year-after-year. Drop by the Basket Day table during coffee hour or contact them about cooking and donating your favorite dishes. Containers are available in the Gladish Room. Freezers will available for your dish drop-offs by the second week in April. For help with labels, contact Susan.

  • Post a flyer or poster in 5 of your local retailers. Pick up posters and flyers on the Basket Day table in the Gladish Room. Ask retailers that you do business with or places you visit—like the local library—to post either a flyer or poster in their windows or public bulletin boards.

  • Help us stuff 600 envelopes with Basket Day invitations. Meet us after church on Sunday, April 22 upstairs in the classroom, right after the Annual Meeting of the Congregation. We’ll have an assembly line set up so it won’t take too long!

  • Invite 5 of your friends to Basket Day. This is a great way to have a wonderful evening or day with your family and friends. Invitations can be found on the Basket Day table in the Gladish Room.
 
Any questions? Please contact Meridith Scott, Basket Day Chair, at  meridith1027@gmail.com  or call 908.236.0206.
Please Help--
We REALLY Need Liturgists!
Volunteering to read scripture is a wonderful way to participate in Sunday worship. Please consider giving to the church with your time & talents. Many Sundays are in need of a liturgist! Please call or email the church office if you would like to sign up for one of these open Sundays. A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office.
Upcoming Liturgists
Sunday, April 15
Valerie Fraser
Sunday, April 22
Ann Silk
Sunday, April 29
open
Sunday, May 6
Valerie Fraser

WHERE HAVE THE AMENS GONE? You may have noticed a lack of “Amens” at the end of unison prayers in our order of worship, as well as at the end of many hymns. That’s because, in recent years, English-speaking Protestant churches the world over have been
working to correct an error that crept into worship prayers in the 19th Century.

John Henry Newman and his Oxford Movement in England led a revival of Anglican worship that sought to recover the worship traditions of the early church. Looking over ancient manuscripts, they noticed the frequent use of “Amen” and added that word to the end of many of their worship prayers. They failed to realize, though, that “Amen” — an ancient Greek word that means “So be it” — is a response to something someone else has said. The ancient orders of worship they were studying were for antiphonal worship: a back-and-forth exchange between two groups of worshipers. One side of the church would say something and the other side would say, “So be it!”

What makes good sense in an antiphonal (responsive) prayer, though, makes little sense at the end of a unison prayer, or at the end of most hymns. In that sort of prayer or hymn, adding “Amen” is like agreeing with ourselves — which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. So...reserving the Amens for responsive prayers is more faithful to the true meaning of the word. Feel free to say “Amen” in worship if you feel like affirming something that’s been said or sung (it’s an
older liturgical tradition than applauding). And if you’re wondering how to pronounce the word, it’s ay-men if you’re speaking it, or ah-men if you’re singing it.
Deacons on Duty
Sunday, April 15: Sallye Grubel & Mary Jenkins
Sunday, April 22: Hunter Lewis & Julie Murray
Sunday, April 29: Julie Murray & Laurel Rose
Sunday, May 6: Eleanor Halsey

A Note to the Deacons: To make a change to the Deacon on Duty schedule or to sign-up for Sunday duty, please call or email Monica Thomas at (908) 450-7278, monica.immanual@gmail.com . A sign-up sheet is also located on the bulletin board outside the church office. Click here to view the Deacon Worship Duties .)
NEWS FROM THE DEACONS

The Board of Deacons recently met, to reorganize and to plan ways to fulfill their mission of "compassion, witness and service."

Sallye Grubel has been elected as Moderator of the Board of Deacons. Monica Immanual has been elected as Secretary.

The Deacons will be meeting roughly every other month, except for the summer.

In addition to their many duties related to the Sunday worship services, the Deacons are also moving ahead with a plan to organize outreach to homebound members of the congregation. Joe Scott is working to build a shut-in list, so the Deacons can start reaching out on behalf of the church. If you're aware of someone who would appreciate a caring contact from the Deacons from time to time, please let Joe know, or call Regina Morris in the church office.
Upcoming Coffee Hour Hosts

Sunday, April 22 - Alison & Fred Paine
Sunday, April 29 - Erin & Greg Mistele

Each member/family at Lamington Church has been invited to host a Sunday coffee hour. A postcard reminder will be sent sometime before you are scheduled. If you are unable to host on your assigned day, please call Debby Johnson at  (908) 832-7230  or email at  debrabjohnson@gmail.com . To view the coffee hour schedule through June 24 -- click here.

Instructions for coffee hour set-up can be found in the church kitchen. You can also click here to view the coffee hour instructions .
The Upcoming Week
at Lamington

Sunday, April 15
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir
Friday, April 20
11:00AM SHIP's Galley
Sunday, April 22
8:45AM Choir Practice
10:15AM Worship
10:30AM Church School
after worship Annual Meeting
11:45AM Lamington Bell Choir

Save the Date!
 
Sunday, May 20
The Installation of the Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton as Pastor of LPC at 4:00PM,
followed by concert by Bill Carter
and the Presbybop Jazz Quintet.
Do you have a question? Please contact us!
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wilton
Pastor
(908) 910-5360

James Goldsworthy
Director of Music

Bess Ploener
Director of Handbells

Regina Morris
Office Manager
(908) 572-7013
 
Church Office Hours
Monday-Friday 10:00AM to 3:00PM
(908) 572-7013

Sunday Worship at 10:15AM
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